We’ve only been here less than a week and already I’m wondering how we’ll make it past – or even to – four years. It’s just so hard. Simple things are so complicated. I’ve gotten to the point where all I want to do is hole myself up in the house with my wife and son, or at best, hang out with other ex-pats. Engaging cross-culturally takes so much effort that I just don’t have at the moment. Right now we’re just trying to survive, and that takes up all the energy I have.